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  • Henry Seaton

Passenger seat belt use mandated in property-carrying CMVs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule to require that passengers in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) use the seat belt assembly whenever the vehicles are operated on public roads in interstate commerce. The rule holds motor carriers and drivers responsible for ensuring that passengers use the seat belts when their installation is required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs).

For a copy of the final rule, visit

Note: On July 6, FMCSA corrected an error in the final rule that inadvertently limited the applicability of the requirement for drivers to use their seat belts to operators of property-carrying vehicles. The correction affirms that drivers of passenger-carrying vehicles will continue to be required to wear their seat belts.

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